Your session is right around the corner! Are you ready? I've prepared a checklist of things for you to remember in order to make sure that your child or children are prepared for their big day!
- Don't forget to feed your child before the session. Also, pack snacks just in case hunger strikes again while we're shooting.
- Bring more than one outfit. Make sure you always have backup clothes just in case. And I suggest that you don't change your child into their session clothing until after you have fed them. Also, be very careful with drinks, as well - only clear liquids in a safe cup.
- Let your child help when picking out their clothes for the session - unless they lack portrait worthy fashion sense ;) By letting your child wear his favorite shirt or shoes, etc. this will help him feel more comfortable. If their choice of clothing is awful or doesn't match, see if you can use that shirt as an undershirt or tell them they can put it on for a couple of shots at the end of the session.
- If you have a young child, try to schedule the session long before or after naptime so they will be well rested and happy for photos.
- Have a bribe in place. Bring fruit snacks, candy, a toy, etc. and let them know that if they cooperate, they will get said bribery. Some parents have bribed their children by telling them if they are good, they can watch Netflix on Mommy or Daddy's phone. Use whatever you think will work for your child to motivate him to cooperate.
- Bring along her favorite toy or blanket. This will help your child be comfortable in a new, unfamiliar surrounding. Just be aware that this will probably become a prop in some of the photos, so bring something that is pleasing to the eyes or has sentimental value and you'd be okay with photos of it.
- Talk to your child about the session and explain what's going to happen. If your child is informed about the situation, it will be less scary for them when they come to the session. Tell them that they are going to meet a new friend who is going to take some pictures of them. Let them know that you'll be there with her and that we are going to have lots of fun. We might change their clothes once or twice and ask them to sit a certain way. During the session, we can show them a couple of the photos so they can put tow and two together.
- Bring Grandma (or someone else your child loves). Bringing along reinforcements is always a good plan. If grandma lives close by, or if your child's favorite uncle has the day off of work, bring him or her with you. You can use this family member to help get your child to relax and laugh.
- Wear sturdy shoes. It is a good idea to wear good, sturdy shoes to a session like this, as it's challenging to chase a little one around in flip-flops or heels. During the session, I may ask you to grab your child if they keep running out of the frame. Or I may have us walking around and exploring, so we need to be prepared to keep our feet safe and comfortable.
- Do not tell your kids to smile, or to put on a fake smile for their portraits. Often times, this will just add stress to the session. When you book with me, I ensure that we will take our time, warm things up, and I will use that time to get to know your child better, and allow their inner happiness, and silliness to come out! Please do not stress about this!
I hope these few tips will help alleviate some of the stress, anxiety, or fear about getting your child in a happy/ cooperative mood. I love kids, and will do my best to form a friendship with your little, however, it always helps to have extra preparedness, just in case!